Aug 15, 2016 11:05 AM EDT
Mystery Bones From Ancient Greece Revealed To Be From A Teenager, Believed To Be Human Sacrifice To Zeus; Practice May Have Been More Common Than Once Thought [VIDEO]
Archaeologists have found an ancient burial site wherein contained the skeletal remains from a teenager from Ancient Greece on top of a Greek mountain; believed to be a human offering to Zeus.
The ancient burial site was found on top of Mount Lykaion, which is believed to be the birthplace of Zeus according to Greek mythology, The Washington Post reported.
There has been ancient recordings that indicate that the Arcadian peak was also used as a shrine for the Greek god. Archaeologists have been debating for decades whether the passages were true to the word that not only livestock were used as offerings to Zeus, but on some accounts, human flesh were on the offering table, too.
Ancient passages had mentioned that on some occasions that a human boy were also being offered to Zeus, but this part of history were quite lost through history as some would believe, or how some would consider it, deny the dark part of Ancient Greece, according to the Smithsonian.
Archaeologists had recently excavated the altar located at the peak of Mount Lykaion. The team of researchers have come across the skeletal remains of what they have confirmed once belonged to a teenager from Ancient Greece.
Evidence heavily points to the dark tales from the ancient civilization to be true. The researchers conducted the excavation have yet to publish their entire detailed account of the discovery, The Guardian reported.
While the team have yet to publish their findings, the researchers themselves have stated that they are confident that the findings may very well prove that the myth of Ancient Greeks made use of human sacrifice is not a myth at all.
Dr. Jan Bremmer, a professor at the University of Groningen, exclaimed that the recent discovery is a breakthrough, wherein he hardly believed it at first.
The myth was somewhat regarded as such, maybe because of its correlation with Greek mythology, but ancient writers - including Plato - may have written an actual account rather than a dark tale.
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